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Geography and Natural Hazard Management BSc (Hons)

University of Chester

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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Science (with Honours) - BSc (Hons)

  • Location

    Chester

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    19-SEP-22

  • Duration

    3 Years

Course summary

Explore places, understand environments, influence change.Our BSc Combined Honours Geography and Natural Hazard Management (NHM) degree provides you with the knowledge and skills to address local and global hazards – from earthquakes to flooding – and play a part in creating a safer, more sustainable future for everyone. You will examine how natural hazards shape and are shaped by their interactions with pressing challenges, such as the climate emergency, and how the combination of natural hazard events and human populations create vulnerabilities and risks. Our Geography and NHM programme takes a holistic approach to the study of hazards, vulnerability and risks, focusing on the physical, socio-economic and political processes that create conditions of vulnerability (susceptibility to loss from natural hazards) in rich and poor societies. The programme is designed to give you a balanced experience of the subject by offering modules that cover both environmental and social dimensions of hazards, which you will explore at a range of scales and across diverse contexts. The course is flexible, so you to choose to combine your study of natural hazards with physical geography modules, human geography modules, or a combination of the two. Subjects covered in core modules include: The Climate Crisis and its Challenges, Extreme Hazard Events, Coastal Processes, River Processes and Flooding, Glaciers and Lake Outbursts, Earthquake Processes and Management, Volcanic Process and Emergency Management, Flood Risk Management, Risk Modelling, Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Practices, Vulnerability and Risk Analysis, Resource Planning and Management, Remote Sensing and GIS. Depending on optional modules selected, additional subjects covered might include Climate and Sea Level Change, Coastal Processes and Management, Glaciers and Glaciation, Environmental Pollution, Sustainable Development, Geopolitics, Environment-Poverty and Health, Smart Cities, Migration, and more. The breadth of teaching and research interests of Geography academics at Chester means that our NHM courses are research-informed and comprehensive. Our proximity to a range of coastal, fluvial (river), mountainous and rural landscapes, as well as to urban settlements of different sizes, histories and compositions, enables us to incorporate fieldwork and field-based research throughout our course, allowing you to explore key processes and issues in hazard management first-hand. The course includes a core residential field course to Vesuvius and the Bay of Naples in Year 3 (Level 6) to study Volcanic Hazard Management and Emergency Planning. Our modules are designed to ensure that you develop the knowledge, skills, expertise and confidence to be ready for graduate employment in a rapidly changing world. You will demonstrate your knowledge through innovative and real-world authentic assignments, including podcasts, vlogs, debates, briefings, consultancy reports and infographics, assignment activities that are informed by, and are relevant to, graduate employers. Wide-ranging and advanced employment-focussed skills are embedded throughout the programme (GIS and Remote Sensing, laboratory analytical methods, environmental monitoring, big data analysis, critical thinking), and we provide an invaluable opportunity for you to build relevant employment and problem-solving experience by working in an external organisation as a part of a full-time five-week work placement. In addition, there is opportunity to complete a year-long study abroad placement. Our graduating students gain professional employment in a wide range of sectors, allowing them to apply their knowledge and skills to drive change on the issues that matter to them.

Application deadline

26 January

Tuition fees

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12,750per year

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University information

University of Chester

  • University League Table

    72nd

  • Campus address

    University of Chester, Parkgate Road, Chester, Cheshire, CH1 4BJ, England

A beautiful, historic and exciting city lies at the heart of the student experience. Chester offers a welcoming community with plenty to keep students busy.
With over 15,000 students from 130 countries, Chester provides a vibrant, diverse and safe location for an ever-growing number of international students.
International students can choose from over 200 courses across all levels, all with an emphasis on how practical learning increases employability prospects.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    42nd out of 71 12

  • Entry standards

    / Max 210
    105 53%

    51st

    3
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    76.0 76%

    20th

    24
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.34 87%

    8th

    34

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